Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of what hails itself as the world’s largest Christian university, bearing the mission motto “training champions for Christ,” posted — and then deleted — a photo on social media in which he posed with his pants completely unzipped, standing next to a woman in very short ripped shorts with her shirt pushed up to reveal her midriff. Falwell and others were apparently at a costume party that day mimicking the vile television series “Trailer Park Boys”, a Canadian-based show filled with profanity, alcoholism, drug use, sexual immorality and rampant ungodliness.
Falwell, who leads Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, was reportedly on vacation and participated in the “Trailer Park Boys”-themed outing on a yacht. This is confirmed by a video (see below), which was also deleted but downloaded by a polemics outlet before it was taken down, that shows Falwell and others re-creating the characters of the series. Falwell was the lead character, Julian.
In the photo, Falwell holds a faux glass of alcohol and stands with his shirt rolled up and his pants completely unzipped. His wife’s assistant, who was the character Lucy, likewise has her shirt pushed up with short ripped shorts that are unbuttoned. It is unclear as to the meaning of the two posing in such a manner.
While not related to the image, according to an outline of the show, in the episode “[Expletive] Community College, Let’s Get Drunk and Eat Chicken Fingers,” at one point, “Julian remembers a drunken night with [Lucy] where he blacked out and woke up in bed with her the next day.”
Other episodes on the series are titled “I’m Not Gay, I Love Lucy … Wait A Second, Maybe I Am Gay,” “Gimme My [Expletive] Money Or Randy’s Dead”, “Mrs. Peterson’s Dog Gets [Expletive] Up”, and “You Want The Lot Fees, [Sexual Vulgarity]”.
Falwell had written under the photo, “More vacation shots. Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht. I promise that’s just black water in my glass. It was a prop only.”
However, it was more than the glass that raised concern among those who saw the image, as they wondered why Falwell would pose with his pants unzipped.
As previously reported, Falwell is not new to controversy as last year, a former student at the university published an article that included photos of Falwell and his family at a nightclub in Florida.
Falwell seemed to initially deny that he had ever been at the club, responding, “There was no picture snapped of me at WALL nightclub or any other nightclub.”
However, when Falwell was provided a copy of one of the photographs from 2014, he asserted that it must have been Photoshopped.
“I never have seen the picture you claim is of me below. If the person in the picture is me, it was likely photo-shopped,” he asserted.
But Falwell later took to Twitter about the matter, contending to followers, “Just for the record, I never denied going into a club with my family to listen to music for about 30 minutes years ago. I only denied I asked anyone to scrub pics of me. I never knew of any pics until a week ago. DUH.”
He also called “hypocrites” those who expressed concern about a photograph with then-candidate Donald Trump in which a framed Playboy magazine cover was displayed in Trump’s office.
“Honored for same hypocrites who accused Jesus of being a friend of publicans and sinners to be targeting me over a decades old mag cover! TY,” Falwell tweeted.
“I attended Thomas Road under your father. Disappointed to see what you’ve done using his stature,” remarked Ben Howe of Red State, noting that Falwell’s father used to lead marches against Playboy.
“Judge not lest ye be judged,” Falwell soon asserted during the discussion.
In September, he wrote a letter to Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman after the congressman received a no confidence vote from a local GOP committee for “happily” officiating a same-sex “wedding,” stating that it was wrong for Riggleman to be excluded as it will only cause liberals to rise to power. Falwell opined that the party needs to be a “big tent” and unite.
“It is my understanding that certain leaders of the Republican Party in the 5th District are attempting to exclude you and others because of social issues,” he wrote in the letter. “I was told that they are assuming that because you officiated at a gay marriage recently, that you are not socially conservative.”
“I believe that excluding other conservatives over issues that have already been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court does nothing but help the liberals gain more power,” Falwell opined. “There is nothing that anyone in the House of Delegates or the Virginia Senate can do to change the law on gay marriage or abortion until the U.S. Supreme Court reverses its previous positions.”
In 2014, concerns were raised after Liberty University minimized objections to the utilization of a homosexual advocate to teach students choreography in its presentation of “Mary Poppins”. Many also expressed disagreement when Brandon Ambrosino, a Liberty student who came out as an open homosexual on campus, was allowed to enroll as a graduate student in Liberty’s seminary program.
Ambrosino had written an article in 2013 about his positive experience as a homosexual at Liberty.
“People from all walks of life are writing me to voice their support and love — including Jerry Falwell, Jr. himself!” he said in a subsequent post.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article stated that Falwell was mimicking the “Trailer Park Boys” show in the photo. While the party was themed after the show and the glass of faux alcohol was likely related to it, Falwell told local radio station WLNI’s “MorningLine” on Wednesday in explaining the photo that his wife’s assistant was pregnant and therefore could not button her pants. He states that he was imitating her pregnant belly by also pulling up his shirt but couldn’t zip his pants either.